Written by Carina Ly
The iconic artist Beyoncé is utilising her superpower to help the water crisis in Burundi. It’s a crisis that is hitting the children of Burundi the hardest – one in 12 children dies before age of five, according to UNICEF.
Beyoncé and her foundation BeyGOOD and UNICEF are working together on the project, coining BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, which includes plan of building wells and improving hygiene education as well as water and sanitation facilities in schools, as reported by both parties. In addition, the artist’s organisation is also selling two limited edition shirts, profits of which will contribute towards UNICEF’s aid for Burundi.
An announcement from Beyoncé’s official website addressed the urgent issue in Burundi. The statement:
“Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water,” it says. “With your help, nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.”
A statement from UNICEF’s USA chief executive Caryl Stern also raised attention to this crisis:
“This unique partnership combines UNICEF’s decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change.”
You can send your donations to Beyoncé’s official website here.
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